Keyword: bioterrorism

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  • FEDS PREP STATES FOR SMALLPOX HORROR

    09/24/2002 12:40:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 16 replies · 463+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/24/02 | AP
    <p>An Israeli hospital worker is vaccinated last week.</p> <p>September 24, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - Federal officials sent states detailed guidelines yesterday for rapidly vaccinating their entire populations against smallpox should the deadly disease return through an act of terrorism.</p> <p>It's been decades since smallpox was seen in this country and the disease has been eradicated from Earth, so officials would assume that a single case of smallpox means the nation is under attack.</p>
  • Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot to Weaponise Ebola

    10/30/2014 8:57:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 30, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over £200 million. The national secretary of state for security in giving evidence to the Spanish Senate revealed online jihad propagandists had issued an edict to followers to kill Westerners by any means possible. Some of the methods suggested included “deadly chemical products from laboratories”, “poisonous injections” and “Ebola as a poisonous...
  • DART: Woman ill at train station not on Ebola list

    10/18/2014 12:29:50 PM PDT · by Raebie · 305 replies
    WFFA News, a Gannett Company Dallas ^ | October 18, 2014 | WFAA
    <p>DALLAS — A woman who was being monitored for possible exposure to the Ebola virus was reported ill at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit White Rock Station Saturday afternoon.</p> <p>DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said the person fell ill with a low-grade fever at the station in Northeast Dallas after deciding that her quarantine period was over.</p>
  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 1:55:41 AM PDT · by sunmars · 401 replies
    Just Breaking on News Wires now.
  • Could terrorists turn themselves into Ebola suicide 'bombs'?

    10/09/2014 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9 October 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    Terrorist group Isis may be considering using Ebola as a suicide bio-weapon against the West, according to a military expert. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person who is showing the symptoms – and it wouldn't be difficult for fanatics to contract it then travel to countries they want to wreak havoc in, according to a military expert. Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, said that the strategy is entirely plausible. He told Forbes: 'The individual exposed to the Ebola Virus would be the carrier. In...
  • BREAKING: 2ND person rushed to hospital with signs of Ebola (had contact with Duncan)

    10/08/2014 11:58:11 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 511 replies
    Fox News Breaking Alert/ CBS DFW ^ | 08 OCT 14 | dcbryan1
    2nd person rushed to hospital showing signs of ebola. 2nd person had contact with Duncan.
  • Top doctor 'not surprised' if US has another Ebola case, downplays use of virus in bioterror attack

    10/05/2014 12:19:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 5, 2014
    The United States’ top infectious-disease doctor suggested Sunday that more people inside the country will be diagnosed with Ebola, but dismissed as “far-fetched” concerns about somebody bringing the deadly disease across the U.S.-Mexico border in a bio-terror attack. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, told “Fox News Sunday” that 50 people inside the country are now being monitored for the deadly virus and that the country’s first confirmed patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, is back in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
  • Ebola Clinic Is Looted In Liberian Capital's Largest Slum (virus stolen!)

    08/17/2014 10:28:15 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 50 replies
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses. The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought from other parts of the capital to the holding center, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday. It was not immediately clear how many patients had been at the center. West Point residents went on a "looting spree," stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected,...
  • Open Borders Invite Threat Of Ebola Terrorism

    07/30/2014 4:25:02 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Invewstor's Business Daily ^ | July 30, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: As the Ebola disease spreads in Africa and detainees from that continent are apprehended, the question must be asked: What if terrorists already willing to die try to bring the disease across our porous southern border? The Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., according to John O'Connor, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's true," he says, "that anyone with an illness is just one plane ride away from coming to the U.S." Indeed, a Liberian man infected...
  • Ebola Spread to Guinea's Capital Raises Fears

    03/29/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 29, 2014 | MSN News
    CONAKRY, Guinea — Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond this tiny West African nation's borders.
  • Texas Biolab Loses Deadly Guanarito Virus

    03/25/2013 8:57:36 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies
    abcnews ^ | 3.25.2013 | By SYDNEY LUPKIN
    The Galveston National Laboratory lost one of five vials containing a deadly Venezuelan virus, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch, which owns the $174 million facility designed with the strictest security measures to hold the deadliest viruses in the country. Like Ebola, the missing Guanarito virus causes hemorrhagic fever, an illness named for "bleeding under the skin, in internal organs or from body orifices like the mouth, eyes, or ears," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This is clearly an incident that is very discomforting and embarrassing to the University of Texas Medical Center and...
  • 8 deadly agents 'to bring U.S. to its knees'

    01/01/2013 5:35:46 PM PST · by wesagain · 97 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iranian scientists, working under orders from the radicals running the Islamic regime, have genetically altered microbial agents in a nightmarish scheme to bring the West to its knees. According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit with knowledge of Iran’s microbial research and development, the scientists, with Russian and North Korean help, currently possess eight extremely dangerous microbial agents that, if unleashed, could kill millions of people. As reported exclusively on WND on Dec. 16, the source revealed the existence of a plant in Marzanabad, Iran, where 12 Russian and 28 Iranian scientists are working on microbial agents...
  • Can Scientific Censorship Stop Bioterrorism?

    02/03/2012 12:15:43 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | January 31, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    The best defense against a deadly attack with avian flu is the open scientific enterprise. Today the U.S. National Scientific Advisory Board for Biosecurity recommended that the journals Nature and Science restrict publication about controversial new research relevant to the transmission of avian flu between humans. The fear: Would-be bioterrorists are combing the pages of the journals for tips on how to wreak havoc. The H5N1 avian flu virus has killed 60 percent of the 600 or so people known to have come down with it since it was first identified in 1997. For comparison, seasonal flu in the United...
  • WHY ARE IRANIAN CHILDREN VACCINATED AGAINST SMALLPOX?

    07/02/2005 3:12:27 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 25 replies · 1,844+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 27 June 05 | Neal Boortz
    Smallpox is an acute, highly contagious and often fatal disease caused by the variola virus. The virus is so dangerous and potentially deadly that one confirmed case of smallpox is considered to be a public health emergency. Oh .. and there is no proven treatment for the disease once a person falls ill. You just administer fluids and antibiotics to handle any secondary infections, and hope that the patent is one of the 70%. The other 30% will die. In case you don't already know, Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. The eradication is so complete that we don't even vaccinate...
  • Scientists’ Analysis Disputes F.B.I. Closing of Anthrax Case

    10/10/2011 8:52:57 PM PDT · by FritzG · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Oct 2011 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and SCOTT SHANE
    A decade after wisps of anthrax sent through the mail killed 5 people, sickened 17 others and terrorized the nation, biologists and chemists still disagree on whether federal investigators got the right man and whether the F.B.I.’s long inquiry brushed aside important clues. Now, three scientists argue that distinctive chemicals found in the dried anthrax spores — including the unexpected presence of tin — point to a high degree of manufacturing skill, contrary to federal reassurances that the attack germs were unsophisticated. The scientists make their case in a coming issue of the Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense. F.B.I. documents...
  • CDC to train Indian scientists in fight against biothreats

    08/10/2011 11:44:59 PM PDT · by coldphoenix · 1 replies
    BioPrep Watch ^ | August 10, 2011 | Bryan Cohen
    Starting in 2012, approximately 10 Indian scientists will receive training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta through the facility's Epidemic Intelligence Service Program. The elite two year post-doctoral training program will give the scientists special attention in field work and will train them on how to investigate and contain serious public health threats, The Times of India reports.
  • Al Qaeda? E-Coli Breakout in Germany Appears "Bio-Engineered" to Produce Maximum Human Fatalities

    06/07/2011 5:39:14 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 54 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 7, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Forensic evidence emerges of a hot-rodded superbug... Even as the veggie blame game is now under way across the EU, where a super resistant strain of e.coli is sickening patients and filling hospitals in Germany, virtually no one is talking about how e.coli could have magically become resistant to eight different classes of antibiotic drugs and then suddenly appeared in the food supply. This particular e.coli variation is a member of the O104 strain, and O104 strains are almost never (normally) resistant to antibiotics. In order for them to acquire this resistance, they must be repeatedly exposed to antibiotics...
  • Are We Ready For A Biological Attack?

    12/03/2010 8:40:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/02/2010 | James A. Joyce
    There has been much discussion by national security experts inside and outside of government as to how Congress and the President should ensure that the United States is safe from a terrorist attack.  But there has been relatively little discussion in comparison as to how we would respond if an attack did occur.  Are we ready for a biological attack on our military or citizenry?  Has the federal government planned for a medical response to an attack?  Are we spending money on the right therapies or vaccines?  Do we even know how to respond to a widespread biological or chemical...
  • US Team Tours Africa to Boost Bioterror Safety

    11/14/2010 1:04:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 11/13/2010
    U.S. officials are wrapping up a visit to Africa to investigate what security upgrades at facilities holding pathogens are needed to help prevent biological terror attacks. U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is leading the three-country visit.
  • Bioterrorism experts condemn a move to cut reserve money

    07/13/2010 4:37:33 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    LATIMES.com - LOS ANGELES TIMES ^ | July 13, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
    SNIPPET: "A House appropriations bill calls for a $2-billion reduction in emergency funds, with the money going to help prevent teacher layoffs. Experts criticize what they call a lack of foresight."
  • Underground bioterror threat in Darwin spooks US scientists

    06/19/2010 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 1,033+ views
    hs ^ | 6/19/10 | Larnie Statham
    A DEADLY terrorist weapon could be buried in the backyards of Darwin's northern suburbs, US scientists fear. US authorities say melioidosis - commonly known as Nightcliff Gardeners Disease - is a potential bioterror threat. The US Government believes the tropical disease, caused by soil-dwelling bacteria, could become the next anthrax-style bioterrorism threat.
  • Al Qaeda, Anthrax And Ayman: Means, Motive, Modus Operandi and Opportunity

    10/24/2003 9:16:51 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 16 replies · 762+ views
    AnthraxAndAlQaeda.com ^ | 10-22-2003 | Ross E. Getman
    In early June 2003, a Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") report concluded that the reason for Mohammed Atta's and Zacarias Moussaoui's inquiries into cropdusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 Bin Laden was planning an "unbelievable" biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon the arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed ("KSM") the previous month in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.    Many people have argued that a US-based Al Qaeda operative is behind the earlier Fall...
  • In bio attack, US Post Office could distribute aid

    01/01/2010 11:04:12 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 34 replies · 1,104+ views
    AFP via google ^ | 12-30-09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON — The US Post Office could play a key role in distributing medical aid in the event of a biological attack, according to an executive order released by the White House. The order signed by President Barack Obama directs government agencies, local law enforcement and the US Post Office to work on a model for distribution of medical countermeasures in the wake of a biological attack. "This policy would seek to: (1) mitigate illness and prevent death; (2) sustain critical infrastructure; and (3) complement and supplement State, local, territorial, and tribal government medical countermeasure distribution capacity," the order said....
  • President Obama puts the Postal Service in charge of dispensing bio-terror drugs

    12/30/2009 8:36:10 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 69 replies · 2,370+ views
    NBC News ^ | 12/30/2009
    WASHINGTON - If the nation ever faces a large-scale attack by a biological weapon like anthrax, the U.S. Postal Service will be in charge of delivering whatever drugs and other medical aid Americans would need to survive. In an executive order released Wednesday, President Barack Obama put the Postal Service in charge of dispensing "medical countermeasures" to biological weapons because of its "capacity for rapid residential delivery." While most likely unrelated, the release of the executive order comes less than a week after a man with alleged ties to al-Qaida tried to bring down a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner. In recent...
  • North Korea can unleash 13 types of biological agent, South Korea says

    10/05/2009 11:41:00 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 957+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/6/2009 | Richard Lloyd Parry in Pyongyang
    North Korea’s armed forces are capable of carrying out 13 kinds of viral and bacterial attack, the South Korean Government said yesterday in one of the most detailed assessments of the dictatorship’s biological weapons arsenal. In a submission to the South Korean National Assembly, the Defence Minister also said that the North had 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery. Despite the alarming assessment, Kim Tae Young also said that his country’s armed forces had the capacity pre-emptively to destroy...
  • Arizona House of Rep 2nd Session 2002: House Bill 2044 (AZ: Your Police State is Showing)

    09/23/2009 2:22:50 AM PDT · by TCH · 7 replies · 902+ views
    House Bill2044 Amendments to Public Health Laws, Revised Statutes ^ | 2002, Revised September 23, 2009 | State of Arizona Huse of Rep
    Ladies and Gentleman, I would not know where to begin... Please just open the link to the PDF file, and pay close attention to the yellow highlighted areas. These are revisions that were received September 21 from a trusted source. http://api.ning.com/files/V4nWg1HdyzZozKivbEc3XaeVd4wTVgVmY49csYADUAsDGRKJV8PvNEuAMOvSfj4XdmexeSvq-nrG1ML1tnDa5qPwIZwedS8v/AZHB2044cAuthorizesInternmentCamps091609.pdf
  • Summary of the Criminal Charges Against Baxter Pharmaceutical (Bioterrorism and Mass Murder )

    07/24/2009 1:17:54 PM PDT · by Larousse2 · 213 replies · 5,744+ views
    Natural News ^ | June 25, 2009 | Barbara Minton
    Journalist Files Charges against WHO and UN for Bioterrorism and Intent to Commit Mass Murder As the anticipated July release date for Baxter's A/H1N1 flu pandemic vaccine approaches, an Austrian investigative journalist is warning the world that the greatest crime in the history of humanity is underway. Jane Burgermeister has recently filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism and attempts to commit mass murder. She has also prepared an Injunction against forced vaccination which is being filed in America....
  • Protect San Diego from bioterrorist attack -- secure the border

    06/08/2009 10:45:05 PM PDT · by mgiorgino · 12 replies · 1,741+ views
    San Diego Daily Transcript ^ | June 8, 2009 | Michael Giorgino
    Rob Rossi loved baseball. Exiting the trolley near Petco Park, he admired all the new residential development around the stadium. Rob and his son Charlie took their seats and joined 42,000 happy San Diegans singing "Take me out to the ball game." Charlie cheered when the Padres scored their first run of the evening. Rob hardly noticed the small plane circling slowly overhead. On Saturday, Rob woke up with a splitting headache. His chest felt like it was on fire. Why is it so hard to breathe? And today is Charlie's Little League game! "Daddy," his son gasped from the...
  • Biodefense Labs Make Bad Neighbors, Residents Say

    05/18/2009 11:55:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 601+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 17, 2009 | Bob Drogin
    A series of state and federal lawsuits have blocked the opening of a lab complex in Boston. Neighbors are nervous that toxins could get out, and some scientists are likewise skeptical.Klare Allen, a once-homeless mother turned community activist, was stunned at a public meeting in 2002 when she and her friends learned that Boston University Medical Center officials planned to build a biological defense laboratory in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. "We heard anthrax and Roxbury-South End," she recalled. "Then we heard Ebola. The last thing we heard was bubonic plague. We looked at each other and said, 'No...
  • Nicotine May Prevent Bioterrorism Damage

    05/07/2009 9:41:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 507+ views
    UPI ^ | May 6, 2009
    British scientists say they've determined nicotine can delay the effects of ricin used during a bioterrorism attack. Jon Mabley and his colleagues at the University of Brighton found nicotine works to block the tissue-destroying effects of ricin -- a highly toxic compound derived from castor beans. The study was conducted in laboratory models, but the scientists said nicotine agonists could potentially be used in patients exposed to ricin as a stopgap measure before other treatments take effect. The British investigators studied the effect of nicotine on animals exposed to ricin and found it reduced death and organ failure. "The protective...
  • Pandemic Influenza as a Bioweapon

    04/27/2009 9:55:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1,288+ views
    Recombinomics ^ | February 23, 2005
    "Anyone who is honest about this has to admit that if al Qaeda launches a spectacular biological attack which could cause contagious disease to be spread, no entity in the world is prepared for it," Noble said. "Not the U.S., not Europe, not Asia, not Africa." Since the WSN/33 situation in Korea provides some valuable insight into detection and reporting of bird or human flu, and wire services are carrying stories about biologic attacks by terrorists causing a contagious disease, it is worth reviewing some of the lessons learned from the swine WSN/33 infections. If pandemic flu is the contagious...
  • North Carolina Based Islamist: Swine Flu a "Curse From Allah Upon America".....

    04/27/2009 5:24:20 PM PDT · by Liam2007 · 57 replies · 1,847+ views
    Anyone with eyes can clearly see that this new disease is a curse from Allah upon America. The Mujahideen and those who support them continue to ask Allah to destroy America. Allah responded. Today, they are being destroyed military, economically, and now they are being destroyed with a new disease that is spreading fast. May Allah protect the Muslims in the West from this disease and may this disease reach all the enemies of Allah so that the American Government can no longer move a finger against the Ummah! The people of the world should start realizing that the prohibition...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 4-27-09

    04/27/2009 2:56:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 60 replies · 1,590+ views
    michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 4-27-09 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • What Gives? Why Is Homeland Security's Napolitano Giving Swine Flu Briefing? (Video)

    04/27/2009 5:58:03 AM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 32 replies · 1,392+ views
    I understand that Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius is still awaiting confirmation, but why is DHS head Napolitano acting as the point man for the Obama Administration? She is having a hard enough time keeping up with her job as it is. It just seems a little odd that the woman tapped to protect homeland security is discussing a virus outbreak. Unless... Could it be that we are not being told the truth about swine flu? As the virus spreads, more and more people — and even a few virologists — believe H1N1 is a human-engineered pathogen. On...
  • Unique Strain:Is the Swine Flu Outbreak a Bio-Terror Attack?

    04/25/2009 2:39:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies · 4,153+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | April 25, 2009 | Gregs Blog
    In a discussion this morning with a cell biologist and medical doctor working at Johns Hopkins, my friend thought this 4-part flu combination is highly unusual and looks like it could be man-made. Especially because it has an avian strain. My doctor friend (he's Taiwanese) explained that in Asia, it's common for a avian-swine-human flu to happen naturally, but this virus first showed up in Mexico, where pigs and ducks are not usually raised together. Also, recombination of more than 2-different flu viruses is extremely rare. I'm just repeating what he said as an expert in the field. He says...
  • Possibility of Bio-Terrorism in Swine Flu Outbreak

    04/25/2009 5:51:39 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 325 replies · 18,304+ views
    April 25, 2007 | freedomfighter1013
    In a discussion this morning with a cell biologist and medical doctor working at Johns Hopkins, my friend thought this 4-part flu combination is highly unusual and looks like it could be man-made. Especially because it has an avian strain. My doctor friend (he's Taiwanese) explained that in Asia, it's common for a avian-swine-human flu to happen naturally, but this virus first showed up in Mexico, where pigs and ducks are not usually raised together. Also, recombination of more than 2-different flu viruses is extremely rare. I'm just repeating what he said as an expert in the field. He says...
  • Bubonic MIce missing from Jersey Lab

    02/23/2009 3:51:20 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 22 replies · 597+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/7/09 | Staff
    TRENTON, N.J. — The frozen remains of two mice injected with the organism that causes plague have not been accounted for seven weeks after being discovered missing at a University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey facility in Newark, the university said Friday. The FBI investigated and determined there was no risk to public health or any indication of the terrorist link. It wasn't the first time plague-infected mice have disappeared from the New Jersey facility. Four years ago, in September 2005, three live mice infected with bubonic plague bacteria disappeared from various cages. Officials later said they believed...
  • Structure Of Enzyme Against Chemical Warfare Agents Determined

    01/29/2009 9:52:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 222+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 28, 2009
    The enzyme DFPase from the squid Loligo vulgaris, is able to rapidly and efficiently detoxify chemical warfare agents such as Sarin, which was used in the Tokyo subway attacks in 1995. A detailed understanding of the mechanism by which enzymes catalyze chemical reactions is necessary for efforts aiming to improve their properties. A group of researchers at the University of Frankfurt, the Bundeswehr Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology in Munich, and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, USA, have successfully determined the structure of DFPase using neutron diffraction. The team used the neutron source at Los Alamos National Laboratory,...
  • Al Qaeda bungles arms experiment( 40 Tangos Die by Botched WMD)

    01/25/2009 7:04:01 PM PST · by Candor7 · 17 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 Jan. 2009 | Eli Lake
    An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday. (SNIP) AQIM, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, maintains about a dozen bases in Algeria, where the group has waged a terrorist campaign against government forces and civilians. In 2006, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on foreign contractors. In 2007, the group said it bombed U.N. headquarters in Algiers, an attack that killed 41 people. Al Qaeda is believed by U.S. and Western experts to have been pursuing biological weapons since at...
  • Report: Al Qaeda Group Bungled Test of Unconventional Weapon

    01/20/2009 4:44:31 PM PST · by tobyhill · 126 replies · 3,519+ views
    fox news ^ | 1/20/2009 | Eli Lake, Washington Times
    An Al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday. The official, who spoke on the condition he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said he could not confirm press reports that the accident killed at least 40 Al Qaeda operatives, but he said the mishap led the militant group to shut down a base in the mountains of Tizi Ouzou province in eastern Algeria.
  • Al Qaeda bungles arms experiment - Biological or chemical weapons

    01/19/2009 9:34:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies · 2,344+ views
    washingtontimes.com ^ | January 19, 2009 | Eli Lake
    An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday. The official, who spoke on the condition he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said he could not confirm press reports that the accident killed at least 40 al Qaeda operatives, but he said the mishap led the militant group to shut down a base in the mountains of Tizi Ouzou province in eastern Algeria. He said authorities in the first week of January intercepted an urgent communication...
  • Deadliest weapon so far... the plague

    01/18/2009 7:29:17 PM PST · by null and void · 104 replies · 3,538+ views
    The Sun ^ | 1/19/09 | ALEX WEST
    ANTI-TERROR bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror — the BLACK DEATH. At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages. The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside. The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East. It trains Muslim...
  • New bioterrorism lab to open next month in Lawrenceville

    01/12/2009 7:58:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 302+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Friday, January 09, 2009
    New bioterrorism lab to open next month in Lawrenceville
  • Kansas chosen for bioterror lab

    12/05/2008 4:38:50 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 540+ views
    journalgazette.net ^ | 12/04/08 | journalgazette.net
    WASHINGTON – The government has recommended a site in Kansas for a new $450 million laboratory to study biological threats such as anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease, officials said Wednesday.
  • Bioterrorism’s Deadly Math - Despite billions spent, we’re not yet ready for a big attack.

    11/16/2008 6:49:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,685+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2008 | Judith Miller
    The White House wanted to know: How much safer are Americans today than they were on October 4, 2001? That was the day when a photo editor in Florida became the first reported case of inhalation anthrax in America in decades. In what became biology’s 9/11, five letters containing less than a quarter-ounce of anthrax total—the equivalent of two pats of butter—killed five people, infected 17, put more than 20,000 on antibiotics, and traumatized thousands more. Decontamination alone, including at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, took over three years and cost some $200 million. With these disturbing facts...
  • Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

    10/31/2008 8:24:36 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 18 replies · 1,121+ views
    Sky News ^ | Oct. 31, 2008 | Mark White
    Nuclear and biological terrorism is the emerging threat the next US President should focus on, the US security chief has told Sky News. In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. But he warned: "It may be years away and we can't afford to waste this time waiting...
  • 16 pirates died after handling substance on captured Iranian ship

    10/23/2008 3:47:03 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 102 replies · 3,624+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 22 Oct 08 | Unknown
    LONDON — An Iranian ship captured by Somali pirates carried sealed containers of a powdery substance believed to be nuclear or chemical weapons agents. Western intelligence agencies have been monitoring the capture of the Iran Deyanat, seized by Somali pirates on Aug. 21. The cargo ship, owned and operated by the state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, or IRISL, contains sealed cargo thought to be linked to the death of 16 pirates.
  • Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Anthrax ...

    10/17/2008 1:05:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 965+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 13, 2008 | LAWRENCE M. WEIN
    IMPORTANT planning for responding to a future anthrax attack has quietly been under way since the last attacks seven years ago. A key part of this effort has been figuring out how best to deliver prophylactic antibiotics quickly to the people living in the city that is attacked. This is at least as difficult and complicated as it might seem. First, an attack must be detected, either by one of the BioWatch air monitors that have been placed in many cities or by finding symptoms of anthrax poisoning in a victim. Either way, this can take at least 12 to...
  • F.B.I. Presents Anthrax Case, Saying Scientist Acted Alone

    08/07/2008 11:49:06 AM PDT · by Shermy · 274 replies · 1,336+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 6, 2008 | Scott Shane
    WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday outlined a pattern of bizarre and deceptive conduct by Bruce E. Ivins, an Army microbiologist who killed himself last week, presenting a sweeping but circumstantial case that he was solely responsible for mailing the deadly anthrax letters that killed five people in 2001. After nearly seven years of a troubled investigation, officials of the F.B.I. and the Justice Department declared that the case had been solved. Jeffrey A. Taylor, the United States attorney for the District of Columbia, said the authorities believed “that based on the evidence we had collected, we...
  • Documents: Ivins had custody of purified anthrax

    08/06/2008 12:22:29 PM PDT · by PurpleMan · 6 replies · 185+ views
    Washington Examinier ^ | Aug 6, 2008 | LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO,
    Army scientist Bruce Ivins had custody of highly purified anthrax spores with "certain genetic mutations identical" to the poison that killed five and rattled the nation in 2001, according to documents unsealed Wednesday in the government's investigation. Also, Ivins was unable to give investigators "an adequate explanation for his late laboratory work hours around the time of" the attacks, and he apparently sought to mislead investigators on the case, according to an affidavit filed by one government investigator.